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Sofia Tech Innovators Program
Turning science into products
Oct 1 '19-Dec 31 '21 (27 months)
111, Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd.
Funds up to
Describe your project? What is your team / company going to make? What is the problem that you are solving?
Are you developing a product or a service?
Tell us about the progress of your project?
What's new about your product / service? How is it better than the existing alternatives?
What's your unfair competitive advantage? What do you understand about your business that other companies just don't get?
Who are your competitors? Who do you fear the most and why?
What is your business model? How will you make money? How will you acquire customers and consumers? (If you are a scientist or an engineer it's ok to say you don't know. We'll help.)
Why do you work on your project? Do you have domain expertise in the area?
Give us a short bio of each founder. What is the greatest achievement of each member?
For how long have you as founders known each other and how did you meet?
What are you proud of? Tell us more about your progress since the beginning of the project?
If you have an online demo, what's the url? (Please don't password protect it; just use an obscure url.)
Do you as founders have other commitments (e.g. education or employment) during the period of the program? If we select you who will commit to working exclusively (no school, no other jobs) on the project for the next year?
Are any of the founders covered by noncompetes or intellectual property agreements that overlap with your project? Will anyone be working as an employee or consultant for anyone else?
If you have had any other ideas you have considered applying with, please list them. They may be something we've been waiting for. (We often support people for the ideas they have listed here and not in the main part of the application.)
Want to impress us? Provide a 2-minute video presenting your team and idea. (Your video may not be professionally edited. You may use your mobile device's camera. We just wanna know your story.)
In the video please introduce yourselves, explain what you're doing and why? Tell us anything else you want about the founders or the project. Your answers may come from: a. Why your team consists of exactly these members? b. How did you come up with your idea/concept? c. Have you validated the idea with science? Please, mention a scientist who has validated its viability, if possible. d. Do you consider some part of your idea to be subject to IP protection? e. Do you intend to grow your idea into a business? (The video should be 2 minutes long and should be uploaded to YouTube. If you don't want other people to find it, mark it as unlisted. Don't mark it as private, because we won't be able to see it.) The video should contain nothing except the founders talking. No screenshots or post-production wizardry please; we don't want this to turn into a video making contest. If you're going to spend time making something cool, put it into your demo/product. Please do not recite a script written beforehand. Just talk spontaneously as you would to a friend. People delivering memorized speeches (or worse still, text read off the screen) usually come off as stupid. Unless you're a good enough actor to fake spontaneity, you lose more in the stilted delivery than you gain from a more polished message. Before submitting the video, you should try playing it yourself, and check that you can hear what you're saying. A significant fraction of the videos we get are inaudible. If you're going to apply at all, you may as well apply with a video we can hear.
Paste YouTube or Vimeo URL Link (ex. www.youtube.com/foo)
Please tell us something about a surprising or amusing discovery you have recently made. (The answer need not be related to your project.)
How much investment do you need?
Do you plan to use any of the labs at STP?
More details about each lab can be found here:
What kind of other infrastructure would you need?
What kind of business support will you need from STP?
If you have a pitch/investment deck or a presentation of your idea, feel free to upload it.
(Max file size 30MB.)
Do you apply for office space, for business support from the STP team or for both?
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